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Psychological treatment centres: The case against

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 11 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1154
  1. Suresh A Joseph (, consultant psychiatrist
  1. Newcastle General Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6BE

    EDITOR—Layard makes a strong economic case for treating depression and anxiety in primary care settings.1 However, the potential pitfalls in outsourcing psychological treatment (for that is what it would be) are many.

    Depression has many characteristics of a chronic disorder: studies show that 72% of patients have more than one episode and patients …

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